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Fellowships for the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology


The UNC Pediatric Pulmonary Training Program is an ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) accredited program designed to train the next generation of pediatric pulmonologists to be skilled clinicians and productive investigators. The program provides an intensive three-year experience in pediatric pulmonology and lung biology that includes training in the clinical, research, and educational skills necessary to be a successful academic pediatric pulmonologist. Fellows practice in state of the art facilities and receive exposure to children with a broad range of lung diseases including asthma, cystic fibrosis (CF), primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), and others.

Fellowship training at UNC enhanced by the presence of multiple specialty centers including:

  • A busy Pediatric Bronchoscopy program that performs 500-700 procedures annually including bronchoscopic intubations, brush biopsies, and mucous plug removal.
  • One of the largest Cystic Fibrosis Care Centers in the Southeast, following ~300 children with CF.
  • The PCD Clinical and Research Center, one of ten centers nationwide that are part of the Genetic Disorders of Mucociliary Clearance Consortium that serve to diagnose, treat, and study rare lung diseases such as PCD.
  • The NC Children’s Airway Center, a multidisciplinary Patient-Centered Specialty Practice center that includes specialists from ENT, pulmonary, sleep medicine, speech therapy, and more to diagnose and treat children with complex airway diseases.
  • The UNC Children’s Allergy & Asthma Center, North Carolina’s only comprehensive pediatric allergy and asthma center that aligns pediatric specialists from allergy and immunology, pulmonology, respiratory therapy, and more to provide expert diagnosis, personalized care plans, and comprehensive education for patients with asthma
  • The Marsico Lung Institute, one of the most academically productive basic and translational science institutes for pulmonary diseases in the nation.

Our program is structured to fulfill American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) eligibility criteria for certification in Pediatric Pulmonology. In accordance with the Program Requirements for Residency Education in Pediatric Pulmonology published by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the fellow’s time will be structured such that roughly one-third of the total time is devoted to clinical training, and two-thirds to training in research and teaching skills.

Charles R. Esther, Jr., MD, PhD, Program Director, Pediatric Pulmonology Training Program